"My outburst in the parking lot yesterday? These are things I said to Bones (nickname of Jim MacKay, caddy of Justin Thomas, ed.) but I was in the direction of Joe La Cava. Bones is the first American I saw coming out of the locker room and he paid the price for my outburst.
He simply happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was really angry after yesterday's match. This morning I wrote to Bones, everything is ok."
Rory McIlroy, statements
Thus Rory McIlroy, star of Team Europe, in a press conference regarding the episode of anger which yesterday saw him protagonist in the car park, and was presumed to be directed at caddy Joe La Cava, who yesterday he had provoked him on the pitch.
"Joe and I wrote to each other on the phone, we haven't seen each other in person yet but everything will be resolved. It's a point of argument and it still stings, but time heals everything," concludes McIlroy. He was born in Holywood, Northern Ireland, where he attended Sullivan Upper School.
He belongs to the Holywood Golf Club, where he began his first training sessions followed by Michael Bannon, a coach he has maintained to this day. McIlroy was part of the winning Junior Ryder Cup team in 2004, while in 2005 he became the youngest winner of both Irish tournaments, the West of Ireland Championship and the Irish Close Championship.
Also in 2005, at the North of Ireland Championship, played at The Royal Portrush, he broke the course record with a 61 at the age of 16, a record still unbeaten in 2019 at The Open Championship, played at The Royal Portrush .
In August 2006 he won the stage played at the Le Betulle Golf Club in Biella, Piedmont, of the European Amateur Championship with a score of 274 shots (65-69-72-68), 3 less than the Englishman Lewton Stephen. In October 2006 he represented Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy and Amateur World Team Championship.
On February 6, 2007, he became the second man to lead the World Amateur Golf Rankings, although he lost the lead after just a week. McIlroy shot an opening round of 68 shots, 3-under par, at the Open Championship at Carnoustie in 2007, which put him in provisional third place, three strokes behind the leader.
On the same opening round he was also the only player on the field to finish without even a bogey. In the second round he shot 5 over par to put him at +2 overall, still gaining entry to the third round by making the cut. In the third round he finished 2 strokes over par, and in the fourth he finished 1 stroke over par, finishing in 42nd place, the best among the amateurs. McIlroy was part of the Great Britain & Ireland team at the 2007 Walker Cup.